Get Involved with ACS
Everyone has a connection to cancer. Use your passions to help us raise cancer awareness and advocacy in your community.
See various opportunities in Community Events, Individual Opportunities, & Youth Sports below to see how you can start your volunteer journey with the American Cancer Society.
ACS On Campus chapters are student led, staff supported organizations that bring engage their community in the fight against cancer through the following topics:
- Survivor & Caregiver Engagement such as volunteering at local cancer clinics
- Cancer Education & Research through promoting cancer awareness & prevention strategies
- Fundraising for the American Cancer Society
- Advocacy & lobbying our lawmakers for positive legislation that affect cancer patients
ACS On Campus chapters across the country host events to promote cancer awareness, fundraise at community events (such as Relay For Life or Making Strides Against Breast Cancer), make dinner for cancer patients, and much, much more to help us in the fight against cancer!
Anyone can start an ACS On Campus at their middle school, high school, or college campus! If you are interested in starting a chapter at your school, click the buttons below to get connected with an ACS Staff Partner:
The American Cancer Society has thousands community fundraising events across the world that celebrate cancer survivors and fundraise for the ACS. Schools and colleges also host these rewarding events, see below events that you can host at your school.
The Relay For Life movement is the American Cancer Society’s community fundraiser dedicated to helping communities attack cancer. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers who give their time and effort to help fight cancer in their communities. From team members to volunteers, we all want to remember those we’ve lost, help those affected today, and take action against cancer. When we rally together in the fight against cancer through this fun and inspirational event, we can accomplish anything. You can learn more about Relay For Life & find an event near you at relayforlife.org or learn how to start a Relay For Life event on your campus here.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) is the American Cancer Society’s community fundraising event dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. MSABC events have funded more than $76 million to breast cancer research grants and empowered breast cancer screening services in communities across the country. To find a local MSABC event near you, click here or email email@example.com to bring MSABC to your campus.
Even small gifts of service or individual volunteerism can make a big change in your community. See below how you can start your volunteer journey with ACS.
ACS Challenge Me was an idea brought together to raise new funds in the fight against cancer in a way that all ages can get involved in during the summer of 2022. The foundation is to simply have fun, raise funds and use a digital approach to livestream while you complete your dare in the fight against cancer.
Challenge Me ideas:
Hot wing challenge with your roommate
Dye your hair pink for breast cancer awareness
Must do whatever the most liked comment under a social media post requests
As the American Cancer Society’s childhood cancer initiative, Gold Together empowers individuals to raise funds that directly support research, education, advocacy, and services, as well as promote cancer prevention efforts that could reduce children’s risk for cancer later in life. Volunteers for Gold Together raise childhood cancer awareness, support families facing childhood cancer, and connect those families to a lifetime of resources through the American Cancer Society.
How you can help:
Start or join a Gold Together team at your local Relay For Life!
You can join Gold Nation – a streaming opportunity to support Gold Together on your own timeline. Stream your favorite video game or start a social media campaign to reach your fundraising. Learn how to get started with Gold Nation here!
You can become a Gold Together Champion and raise funds online during the month of September. Visit the National Gold Together Champions campaign page here.
Learn more about the Gold Together movement: cancer.org/goldtogether
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is our sibling non-profit that lobbies our local and federal lawmakers over cancer research funding and public health legislation.
ACS CAN empowers volunteers to meet with lawmakers over the phone, email, virtually, or in-person to discuss the current legislation year. Volunteers can get involved by becoming an ACS CAN Member, searching for local volunteer opportunities, or search for your state’s action center by clicking ‘My State’ at fightcancer.org.
Find more about ACS CAN & their national efforts at fightcancer.org.
ACS DetermiNation is the American Cancer Society’s endurance program, spanning a variety of sports such as cycling, running, hiking, and more!
Athletes get involved in fighting cancer through fundraising while participating in physical activity to reduce their cancer risk. DetermiNation support all ACS research and services including prevention services, free 24/7 cancer helpline.
You can find a local DetermiNation event here.
YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAMS
BASKETBALL – Coaches vs Cancer
Coaches vs Cancer is an opportunity for basketball teams across the nation to unite in the fight against cancer. Learn more at here or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved today.
FOOTBALL – CRUCIAL CATCH
In partnership with the National Football League, Crucial Catch unite football teams and fans to raise funds and help the NFL to beat cancer. Learn more at cancer.org/crucialcatch or email email@example.com get involved today
HOCKEY – Hockey Fights Cancer Assist
In partnership with the National Hockey League, hockey teams can host a cancer awareness game. Learn more here or email HFCassist@cancer.org to join the fight.
SOCCER – Red Card Cancer
Soccer teams across the country can host a Red Card Cancer game to fundraise specifically for cancer research. Host a game this season by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
BASEBALL & SOFTBALL – Hope At Bat
In partnership with Minor League Baseball, Hope At Bat is an opportunity for baseball and softball teams to get involved in the fight against cancer. Learn more here at or email HopeAtBat@cancer.org to host a game.
VOLLEYBALL – Spike Out Cancer
Volleyball teams can host a Spike Out Cancer and show their support in the fight against cancer. Email SpikeOutCancer@cancer.org to host a game.
Gamers vs Cancer
Bring your best game to our mission to save lives from cancer! Whether your an individual gamer or esports org, you can make a difference by livestreaming, organizing a gaming tournament, and more. Join here or email GamersvsCancer@cancer.org.
Officials vs Cancer
Sports officials get involved with ACS, too! Officials that fundraise with ACS get a pink whistle to use at sporting games. Are you an official who wants to learn more? Email us at OfficialvsCancer@cancer.org.